NCRLA seeks chefs and distilleries for statewide culinary competition

RALEIGH, N.C., April 17, 2018 — The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is now accepting applications for its third annual NCRLA Chef Showdown, presented by Got to be NC. The culinary competition features the talents of chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists from across the state. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 4. “This one-of-a-kind competition […]

Asheville-area competitors win top honors at Charleston’s Low Country Oyster Festival

Press release from N.C. Oyster 365: Durham, NC, January 31, 2018: Last Sunday, North Carolina represented at the Low Country Oyster Festival in Charleston, SC.  The 35 annual event boasts the largest oyster festival in the country. But North Carolina can boast the fastest oyster shuckers, at least for last weekend’s contest. Tres Hundertmark of […]

Well-Bred Bakery and Café celebrates 15th anniversary with discount, Jan. 10

Well-Bred Bakery and Café celebrates its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, Jan. 10, with a discount for patrons. The business will offer 20 percent off all items all day, excluding catering and future special orders, at its original Weaverville location, says catering coordinator John Breckels. In addition to the location at 26 N. Main St., Weaverville, Well-Bred […]

Catawba Valley Brewing Co.

Catawba Valley Brewing Co. completes purchase of Palmetto Brewing Co.

PRESS RELEASE from Catawba Valley Brewing Co.: Morganton, NC and Charleston, SC – Catawba Valley Brewing Company is pleased to announce their completed purchase of Charleston, SC’s Palmetto Brewing Company.  As announced in early November, the Pyatt family has retained 100% ownership of the combined entity. “Catawba and Palmetto have been working on this transaction […]

YMCA of WNC receives grant to rally against rural hunger

PRESS RELEASE from YMCA of Western North Carolina:   Asheville, N.C., Nov. 21, 2017 – The YMCA of Western North Carolina has received a $10,000 grant from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) to partner on a project to connect more eligible young people to child nutrition programs in rural areas of the state. The […]

Blossman Gas Heat for Hunger program benefits MANNA FoodBank

PRESS RELEASE from Blossman Gas: November 16 – Swannanoa, NC – Blossman Gas, located at 170 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC is giving back to the WNC community by donating to MANNA FoodBank this holiday season. The store will donate a portion of the proceeds from residential propane gallons sold from November 20, 2017 to […]

TRIMMING THE TREE: Volunteers construct the 2016 Ingles Giving Tree.

Ingles Giving Tree marks 25th anniversary with Nov. 20 lighting celebration

PRESS RELEASE from MANNA FoodBank: ABOUT THE EVENT: Ingles Giving Tree Lighting Celebration! Monday, November 20, 5:00 PM Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank invite the community to attend a very special 25th annual lighting of the Ingles Giving Tree at the Asheville Mall on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. The Ingles […]

FIGHTING HUNGER: Community members of all ages volunteer at MANNA FoodBank to help the nonprofit achieve its mission of a hunger-free WNC. Throughout the month of November, Asheville Yoga Center will be collecting food and cash donations for MANNA, and will donate 10 percent of all proceeds on Thursday, Nov. 30, to help feed the hungry for the holidays.

Asheville Yoga Center to donate cash, food to MANNA FoodBank

PRESS RELEASE from Asheville Yoga Center: Asheville, N.C., November 1, 2017 — One in four children in Western North Carolina are faced with hunger and the insecurity of not always knowing where their next meal will come from. Throughout the month of November, Asheville Yoga Center is collecting food and cash donations for MANNA FoodBank […]

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours expands to Asheville

PRESS RELEASE from Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours: DURHAM, NC – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours is pleased to announce the addition of walking food tours in Charlotte and Asheville. Reservations can be made online at www.tastecarolina.com. Taste Carolina currently partners with 120 independent restaurants across nine cities. In addition to Charlotte and Asheville, it […]

French Broad Vignerons to host inaugural WNC Winery Conference

PRESS RELEASE from French Broad Vignerons: The French Broad Vignerons are announcing their first Western North Carolina Winery Conference on Monday, November 6, at 9:AM at the Silver Fork Winery in centrally located in Morganton, NC. This conference is specifically targeted to the wineries of the Western North Carolina region including the mountains and western Piedmont and Appalachian wineries. The conference is open […]

Organic Growers School workshop explores structuring labor on small farms, Dec. 4

Press release for Organic Growers School: Asheville, NC- Farming on a small farm requires significant labor, not just from the farmer herself,  but from others as well. Sometimes these are family members, especially on small farms, but often farmers hire hourly workers or engage in apprenticeship programs to fill their labor needs.  In 2015, Organic […]